History Teaches Us to Hope

History Teaches Us to Hope

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Before his death in 1870, Robert E. Lee penned a letter to Col. Charles Marshall in which he argued that we must cast our eyes backward in times of turmoil and change, concluding that a€œit is history that teaches us to hope.a€ Charles Pierce Roland, one of the nationa€™s most distinguished and respected historians, has done exactly that, devoting his career to examining the Southa€™s tumultuous path in the years preceding and following the Civil War. History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History is an unprecedented compilation of works by the man the volume editor John David Smith calls a a€œdogged researcher, gifted stylist, and keen interpreter of historical questions.a€Throughout his career, Roland has published groundbreaking books, including The Confederacy (1960), The Improbable Era: The South since World War II (1976), and An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (1991). In addition, he has garnered acclaim for two biographical studies of Civil War leaders: Albert Sidney Johnston (1964), a life of the top field general in the Confederate army, and Reflections on Lee (1995), a revisionist assessment of a great but frequently misunderstood general. The first section of History Teaches Us to Hope, a€œThe Man, The Soldier, The Historian, a€ offers personal reflections by Roland and features his famous a€œGI Charliea€ speech, a€œA Citizen Soldier Recalls World War II.a€ Civil Wara€“related writings appear in the following two sections, which include Rolanda€™s theories on the true causes of the war and four previously unpublished articles on Civil War leadership. The final section brings together Rolanda€™s writings on the evolution of southern history and identity, outlining his views on the persistence of a distinct southern culture and his belief in its durability. History Teaches Us to Hope is essential reading for those who desire a complete understanding of the Civil War and southern history. It offers a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary historian.... my presence aboard the Queen Mary did not kindle in the great war leader the sort of confidence that his presence aboard kindled in me. ... The most memorable event of the voyage was a sunday religious service at sea. it occurred in the tank hold of the vessel. ... He discoursed on the obligations of good soldiers fighting in a noble cause, then, elevating his right hand in a gesture of beatitude, anbsp;...

Title:History Teaches Us to Hope
Author:Charles Roland
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2010-09-12


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